We've probably all failed to cleanse our face properly at some point, just rinsed it off in the shower, or went to bed with makeup on — even though we know the benefits of a proper cleanse.
But if you take the time to clean your face well, the question arises: are you doing it right? Here are five of the most common facial cleansing mistakes.
Fast is bad
Even if you are tired after a hard day, you should not rush to do the cleaning. One should not immediately give in to the urge to hop into bed and cleanse one's face properly. Your skin will thank you later.
Why not also massage her face for a few seconds while cleaning? This helps to reduce the stress of the day and we sleep all the better.
The water is too hot
Washing our face with hot water can damage the skin's capillaries and wash away the natural oils, making our skin prone to redness and dryness.
It is best to use lukewarm water. You can also wet a cloth, wring it out and gently press it on your face for a few seconds. This will help loosen makeup and dirt before removing it completely with a cleansing cream.
You don't have the right cleaner
Everyone is different and so is their skin. Harsh ingredients found in many cleaning products can be to blame for a whole range of skin problems.
If you feel “squeaky clean” after cleansing, that's a sign that the skin's protective oils have been washed away by sulfates or drying alcohol.
In this case, it is important and correct to switch to a milder face clean cream.
Exfoliation is good for the skin – if you don't do it too often or if you use an exfoliating product that is too aggressive. Then the skin is irritated or can even be damaged. You should therefore avoid 2-in-1 products with an integrated peeling effect for daily cleansing.
Exfoliating once or twice a week is good for the skin, but not more often.
Too many products
Thinking about a double cleaning? Not a good idea. Don't be tempted to use too many facial cleansing products.
Conventional foaming cleansers and make-up removers often contain sulphates, alcohols and synthetic fragrances that irritate the skin and make it feel tight – even a mild cleanser won't help afterwards.
It is best to use a smaller amount of your regular facial cleanser for a second cleansing. You can also use coconut oil to remove eye makeup before cleansing.